This is George. He was a good little monkey and always very curious.
Thus begins each and every one of the Curious George stories that we all (I hope) grew up with and that Katie and I are now sharing with Nathan.
But after reading a couple dozen different stories to him (so far), Katie and I are now struck as curious ourselves...
If George's friend, the man in the yellow hat, can take him to all these events and cool places, what exactly does he do for a living to afford it all? Can they even afford their extravagant trips and adventures?
Clearly the man has no budget for a wardrobe. Aside from his yellow suit, the only other thing I've seen him wear is a yellow snowsuit. Always that infernal hat.
They've had the same blue car for years and nothing new. I suppose its age lends to the occasional breakdown and, thus, the two of them using public transportation like busses and trains and hot air balloons.
Are George and the man in the yellow hat part of Mitt Romney's 47% who will always be seeking government handouts?
Perhaps it's the opposite and they're part of the 1% that the Occupy movement so despises and they just don't flaunt their personal wealth except in that neither has a regular job.
I just don't know. But, as they say about inquiring minds...
Do any of you remember the song "18 and Life" by Skid Row?
I heard it on the radio this afternoon. I used to love that song back in the hairband days and I won't say I don't still like it.
However, when you're listening to a song about two teenagers playing with a gun and one shoots the other and then is sentenced to prison for life, it's hard not to feel uneasy about it. Especially in this post-Columbine/Virginia Tech/NIU/Newtown world we live in.
I'm not saying it's a bad song. I'm not shaming Skid Row for writing it or Sirius/XM for continuing to play it. It doesn't glorify shooting or guns or anything like that. It's about a kid who makes a stupid mistake and pays for it with his personal freedom. No redemption. No good vibe. He just effs it up and pays. So, no, I'm not saying anything bad about the song. Just that it's not an easy one to listen to.
It kinda makes me wonder if there are other songs or TV shows or movies from before that result in a similar feeling of unease. Got any ideas on that one?